The Figure Eight Pattern

It looks so easy, you’d think that anyone could do it. But not so fast – juggling is a skill that takes years to perfect. But with patience and practice, even people not blessed with an over-abundance of natural grace can learn the basics of keeping three balls in the air.

One of the keys to successful juggling is the sense of rhythm, coupled with how you throw and how many things that you can notice and do, all at the same time. Still sound easy? It is and it isn’t. Some people have learned the basics of juggling in as little as fifteen minutes, and there are those who say that just about anyone can learn the essentials within about half an hour to an hour.

There is a figure eight pattern to juggling that some teachers say is easier to learn than other patterns, because both hands throw in the same basic manner. In the figure eight, the props are thrown in an inward, circular motion and caught on the outside. “Props,” by the way, is the word that many jugglers use for the objects they juggle. And for beginners, one of the best props to use are three bean bags. A lot of people are inclined to start with balls, like tennis balls or baseballs. They have a good weight and feel familiar in the hand. The trouble with using them is that when you drop one – and when you’re just learning, you will – they are going to bounce and roll away from you, unlike bean bags.

Roy Pomerantz is a veteran juggler who learned to juggle from a book called Carlo’s Book of Juggling when he was a child.

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Roy Pomerantz juggles to entertain others and as a form of meditation. He believes that juggling spreads joy to others just like it has made him happy throughout his life. He juggles for both business and pleasure, while also performing for charities.